The Morning Read: October 18, 2006

Today’s Quinnipiac poll shows Alan Hevesi’s lead over Chris Callaghan is down 6 percentage points from the poll taken two weeks ago.

Hillary Clinton said the public is growing concerned about websites like MySpace, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch, who hosted a fund-raiser for her earlier this year.

The New York Sun publishes John Spencer’s 15-page letter to Eliot Spitzer in which Spencer said as Westchester DA, Jeanine Pirro’s “tactics were outrageous and the real criminals were being protected by her.”

During the debate, Cuomo demanded Pirro respond to the letter and said she was currently under investigation by the state attorney general.

The Truth Squad says Cuomo “was painting the situation with too broad a brush.”

In his own debate tomorrow, John Spencer has “little to lose” by aggressively going after Hillary Clinton, The New York Sun reports.

The charges against Brian McLaughlin range from “Dickensian (stealing $95,000 from Little League baseball teams to pay his rent) to the brazen (creating two no-show jobs on his legislative payroll and keeping part of one salary),” according to the Times. Some Democrats defended McLaughlin as a stand-up guy.

George Pataki has donated $130,000 to candidates outside New York, according to a recent financial filing.

John Sweeney took a trip overseas with a lobbyist hired by Jack Abramoff and may not have reported it to Congress as required. [added]

John Faso has finally become the Republican Party standard-bearer, but at an unfortunate time.

Rudy Giuliani said Democrats were soft on national security issues.

And two more people connected to Giuliani’s former NYPD Commissioner, Bernie Kerik, were busted.

– Azi Paybarah